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San Diego regional water news roundup, May 12-14 , 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 14, 2010

Turning on the tap / San Clemente Times : “Officials this week unveiled the latest step in a multi-organization effort to tap into the “world’s largest reservoir,” the Pacific Ocean, for drinking water that would serve residents in San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. Like an octopus’ tentacles, the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination Project will ultimately rely on nine wells drilled at a slant beneath the ocean floor. The water will be sucked through the ocean floor. Officials say the design makes it one of the most watched ocean water desalination projects in the state, largely because the slant wells are touted as environmentally friendly.” Ten years later, water station work continues / San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium : “OCOTILLO —- For 10 years, John Hunter of Escondido and a small group of volunteers have spent most of their spring and summer weekends in the hot, dry desert east of San Diego trying to save lives. Volunteers, with federal government permission, place jugs of drinking water in the remote desert in an effort to reduce the number of people who die attempting to cross the border illegally each year.”
Residents celebrate infrastructure improvements / San Diego News Room : “In Pacific Beach, nearly eight miles of cast iron water main pipes will be replaced with new PVC pipes as part of a citywide project that will kick off in October.” The County Water Authority turns to litigation to ensure San Diego … pursues change in preferential rights to guarantee supply / Insurance Day : “The County Water Authority is pinning its hopes on litigation to settle a years-old dispute over how much water it’s entitled to from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”ALERT: This story is based on an old 2001 case. The implication that this is a new lawsuit filed this year is incorrect..
Water prices threaten county’s avocado orchards / San Diego Source : “With water prices of about $1,000 an acre-foot in many parts of North County, avocado farmers may become an endangered species.” Mayor opposes plan to make water rules permanent / 10News : “A plan submitted Wednesday to a city committee that would make the area’s Level 2 water drought alert permanent is being opposed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.”
Water flows at adobe ranch site after quake / SignOnSanDiego : “Park rangers, returning to the property a day after the magnitude-7.2 quake that struck April 4, were surprised to see water streaming up from the well at two to three times its previous rate.” CARLSBAD: Water board imposes fine for dredging project violations / North County Times : “The state’s Regional Water Quality Control Board has fined the city of Carlsbad $47,647 for water code violations related to the Agua Hedionda Creek dredging project.”
IID faces criticism after ‘60 Minutes’ canal report / Imperial Valley Press : “CBS’s “60 Minutes” has moved its All-American Canal drownings report from its home page, but the maelstrom of debate it created continues to swirl in the Valley.”

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